A central aspect of institutional development in developing economies is building tax systems capable of raising revenues from broad tax bases — i.e. acquiring fiscal capacity. Improved fiscal capacity allows countries to generate much-needed resources for the provision of public goods and services. This is essential for pursuing the ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals in low-income countries, and in Africa in particular.
On 2 December 2021, at 15:00 CET (16:00 EET), the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the OECD Development Centre will host an online panel discussion on Developing Fiscal States in Africa. The event will brings together academia, policy practitioners, and development partners. The panel will be chaired by Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director at the OECD Development Centre, and will include experts in the field of fiscal states.
Questions that will be considered by the panel include:
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session when the audience can ask the panellists questions. The outcomes of the dialogue will contribute to a more nuanced understanding of how fiscal capacity can develop in Africa, and the political, economic, and historical conditions necessary to consolidate fiscal states in the continent.
The event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in French.
For a full event programme, updates, and to register, visit the UNU-WIDER website.